Texas commit leads North Shore to victory

The Texas Longhorns current recruiting class is top notch (Scout Team Ranking #3) and there are always players that get overlooked in a great class. North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews may not garner the national attention of others in this class, but the senior leader of the Mustangs showed why he is one of the top players headed to Texas next season in his game in Baytown last night.

Texas Longhorn tight end commitment Barrett Matthews led his North Shore High School Mustangs to another impressive win in 21-5A last night over Baytown Lee by the score of 48-7. The game was out of reach early at 24-0 thanks in part to junior safety Alton Demby's two punt returns for touchdowns in the first half. The two returns give Demby three punt returns for scores this season. He also returned an interception for a score against Port Arthur Memorial.

Matthews was dominant in the running game at the point of attack and also caught a ball in the passing game from the slot position. Matthews tallied 18 catches for 316 yards as a junior, and already has 10 catches for 235 yards for two touchdowns in his senior campaign despite the Mustangs breaking in a new quarterback. The Mustangs are tough to stop in the run game as is the case every season, so they do not focus on throwing the ball as often as others.

Matthews comes from a family of tremendous athletes. Barrett's father, Gary Matthews, played defensive end at East Texas State University and later in semi-pro ball. While at ETSU, he played in the Lone Star Conference against Abilene Christian when Bob Shipley and Brad McCoy played. Barrett also has two older brothers: one played football at Southern Illinois and in the arena league semi-pro for a year and the other is currently playing basketball at Grayson Community College. Barrett is cousins with Arlington Bowie senior QB Christian Matthews, who is committed to Kansas.

Matthews hasn't attended a Texas game this year due to his high school schedule of games, treatments, and film review, but is 100% committed to Texas.

In addition to Matthews on the offensive side of the ball, junior left tackle (and back-up center) Trey Hopkins (6-3, 255), and sophomore right tackle Sedrick Flowers (6-2, 275) both had tremendous games up front with Matthews. Trey Hopkins is one of the top junior line prospects in Texas and Flowers likely will be a top guard prospect in the 2011 recruiting class.

Hopkins dominates defensive linemen with a good initial punch, very quick feet, and long arms. Last night, he showed tremendous footwork and some great cut blocking. Although a year younger than Hopkins, Flowers is very powerful in the lower body and probably packs the most powerful punch of his teammates along the line.

Tracy Woods, junior North Shore running back (5-10, 195) scored on an 8-yard run last night and has more than 500 yards playing part time due to blowouts and rotating with other backs.

Next week's game against Beaumont West Brook should be a much tougher test for the Mustangs as it should be the 21-5A title game.

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